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Conflict of Interest in Dermatology: Is the AAD Doing Enough?


The suggestion of bias in the development of dermatology clinical practice guidelines emerging from the study by Checketts and colleagues has attracted several critical responses including methodological flaws, limitations of the OPD as the data source, and data analysis that is inconsistent with the available evidence.

The relative risk for healthcare-associated infections has decreased in the last 15 years due to improvements in awareness of risk associated with devices, infection control, and evidence-based practice regarding use of devices.

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Recommendations Developed on Gender Equity in Medicine

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Does Immunity from Medical Malpractice Lead to Improved Patient Care?


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Odds of Prescribing Drugs Up With Doc Receipt of Payments

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Suggestions Offered to Reduce Physician Frustration With EHRs

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Interns' Schedule Takes Toll on Sleep, Physical Activity, Mood

Researchers evaluated how the residency experience affects sleep, physical activity, and mood among 33 first-year residents.

Variations Identified in Free-Text Directions in E-Prescriptions

Researchers examined the quality and variability of free-text Sig strings in ambulatory e-prescriptions in a retrospective qualitative analysis performed on a sample of 25,000 e-prescriptions issued by 22,152 community-based prescribers.

Online Doc Reviews Don't Reflect Patient Satisfaction Surveys

Researchers compared industry-vetted patient satisfaction surveys such as the Press Ganey patient satisfaction surveys between physicians with and without negative reviews.

CDC: Aggressive Action Needed to Contain Antibiotic Resistance

Early aggressive action should be taken to prevent the spread of bacteria harboring unusual resistance genes.

ACA Has Provided Better Access to Care for Cancer Survivors

From 2010 to 2016, decrease seen each year in proportion of survivors reporting delayed medical care.

Lean Approach May Help Tackle Burnout in Health Care Providers

The Lean approach, which emphasizes reducing waste and improving customer value by focusing on the big picture, can be used to address physician burnout.

Unique Risks Associated With Texting Medical Orders

Institute of Safe Medication Practices indicates risks such as abbreviations and autocorrection.

Blueprint Being Developed to Address Physician Burnout

As part of blueprint, task force developing strategies that can be adopted by any institution/practice.

How Prior Authorization Affects Clinical Outcomes

Approximately 92% of physicians report prior authorization burdens have a negative impact on clinical outcomes.

Gender Identity Questions on Intake Forms Acceptable to Most Patients

Asking patients sexual orientation or gender identity questions will help identify the unique, unmet needs of LGBTI patients.

Copayments May Actually Exceed Prescription Drug Costs, Study Finds

Overpayment on prescription drugs may exacerbate the rate of cost-related non-adherence.

US Health Care Spending High Compared With Other Countries

Spending on health care is much higher in the United States than other high-income countries, but utilization rates are similar.

Strategies for Improving Clinician Engagement

A 3-pronged approach implemented by one practice successfully improved physician engagement.

How to Help the Uninsured Without Hurting Your Dermatology Practice

The percentage of Americans without health insurance is increasing, and reached 12.2% at the end of 2017. Many practices are finding it difficult to maintain their viability as they care for people without the ability to pay.

Insurance Coverage of Infused Chemo Varies by Setting

From 2004 to 2014, there was an increase in the provision of infused chemotherapy in hospital outpatient departments, which is associated with increased spending.

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